Surrealist Cinema (1924 – 1932)

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There was a surge of surrealist filmmaking in the 1920s and 1930s. It makes use of symbolic, dreamy imagery and nontraditional narrative devices. The Surrealist art movement, which attempted to subvert accepted standards and investigate the subconscious, was a major inspiration for this kind of filmmaking. This article will highlight surrealist cinema’s history and its common themes.

Early Surrealist Cinema

Early surrealist cinema was heavily influenced by the absurd and irrational aspects of Dadaism. It sought to represent reality in a new way, one that combined psychology and shock value.

French director and film theorist Luis Buñuel produced some of the earliest instances of Surrealist filmmaking. One of the most famous Surrealist films was Un Chien Andalou, which Buñuel and the artist Salvador Dalí worked on together in 1929. The film’s purpose is to have the audience react subconsciously to a sequence of surreal and disturbing scenes, such as a woman’s eye being slashed open with a razor.

L’Age d’Or directed by Luis Buñuel, is another early Surrealist film. In this satirical look at modern life, animation, live-action, and surreal visuals all coexist. Before its 1960 U.S. debut, this picture had already been banned in Spain and France.

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